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The need for STEM education

STEM education is indispensable to U.S. success

Jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known as STEM, are expected to increase by 1 million in the next five years, according to the STEM Education Coalition. The Washington, D.C.-based organization is on the forefront of STEM initiatives and advocates for STEM education to ensure America is competitive and economically viable.

Poor math, science skills

Not enough students have strong math and science skills, highlighting the importance of STEM education. In fact, the STEM Education Coalition reports that only 30 percent of high-school seniors who took the ACT test were ready for college science classes. Well-trained STEM teachers can help drive America's success by preparing qualified students for STEM careers. These are among the reasons why STEM education is so important.

A critical focus area

STEM teachers have a unique opportunity to advance their own educations and prepare K-12 students for their futures by pursuing the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction — Math Education. An online M.Ed. in Mathematics Education program focuses on STEM education. One of the master's degree courses is Patterns and Algebra, which helps STEM teachers strengthen their ability to teach students critical-thinking and problem-solving processes along with research methods. Another course, Problem Solving, provides STEM teachers with resources to practice problem solving and ways to transfer those skills to their students.

Prepare now for a STEM future

Many American employers say they do not have enough qualified STEM workers to meet their companies' needs. Consider these facts: STEM graduates have long-term job security, earn more money and have greater chances for advancement compared with people who study other fields. STEM teachers equipped with the M.Ed. in Mathematics Education degree can help play a critical role in helping the U.S. remain competitive in a global society. The importance of STEM education is clear. Effective STEM education programs are applicable to real-world situations, combine science and math in important contexts and encourage students to work together and to think critically. Those skills will prepare K-12 students for bright futures.

Learn more about UTA’s online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction – Math Education program.


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